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Mater Christi Learning Commons: Thinking

Resources, research support and skill development

What is Visible Thinking?

Visible Thinking is a broad and flexible framework for enriching classroom learning in the content areas and fostering students' intellectual development at the same time.

Here are some of its key goals:

  • Deeper understanding of content.
  • Greater motivation for learning.
  • Development of learners' thinking and learning abilities.
  • Development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and their alertness to opportunities for thinking and learning (the "dispositional" side of thinking). 
  • A shift in classroom culture toward a community of enthusiastically engaged thinkers and learners. [source]

Thinking Skills

Thinking Tools


Resources in the Learning Commons

Socratic Questioning

Thinking Skills Mapping

Thinking Routines